There has been more than a few big news stories this week and I barely know where to begin. Let’s dive right in!
David Benioff and DB Weiss are no longer making a Stars War
In what is probably the biggest news of the week the creators of Game of Thrones, who powered their way through two shortened seasons of the show to much critical derision and uproar among fans presumably to move on to other projects such as the new trilogy of Star Wars films that they had been contracted to make, are no longer making a new trilogy of Star Wars films.
So that’s a thing. Honestly the last season of Game of Thrones (along with some answers they’ve given during interviews) has shaken my faith in the duo. It seems like when they are inventing their own material rather than adapting other peoples they don’t do so well.
In any event this won’t be the last we hear from them as they walked away from this deal to focus on their other deal with Netflix which is worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
This leaves a big ol’ gap in the future of Star Wars. While Rian Johnson has a trilogy in development and so does Kevin Feige, neither of those have a release timeline. These guys first movie was scheduled for 2022, and now there’s nothing officially on the schedule.
Maybe that’s a good thing though. A break from all the Star Wars might make us appreciate the Star Wars we already have even more.
Game of Thrones prequel series House of the Dragon ordered by HBO
Speaking of Game of Thrones, we’re definitely getting more of that sweet, sweet Westerosi content. House of the Dragon will explore the past of House Targaryen including their time riding dragons and burninating the countryside as they conquered Westeros. 10 episodes have been ordered and there isn’t an airdate just yet.
Oscar Isaac to headline _The Card Counter for Paul Schrader.
Paul Schrader makes good movies, mostly about tough and manly men doing manly things, but also with questionable morals and the like. So Oscar Isaac feels like a perfect fit for him, is what I’m saying, and any Oscar Isaac casting news is good news.
The film, written and directed by Schrader, follows William Tell (Isaac), a gambler and former serviceman who sets out to reform a young man seeking revenge on a mutual enemy from their past. Tell just wants to play cards. His spartan existence on the casino trail is shattered when he is approached by Cirk, a vulnerable and angry young man seeking help to execute his plan for revenge on a military colonel. Tell sees a chance at redemption through his relationship with Cirk. Gaining backing from mysterious gambling financier La Linda, Tell takes Cirk with him on the road, going from casino to casino until the unlikely trio set their sights on winning the World Series of poker in Las Vegas. But keeping Cirk on the straight-and-narrow proves impossible, dragging Tell back into the darkness of his past.
That sounds like just the kind of thing I’d like to watch.
Nicolas Cage set to play a janitor stuck overnight in an amusement park full of animatronic attractions which have come to life and try to kill him all night.
That’s it, that’s the whole update. That sounds bonkers and awesome in all the right Nicholas Cage ways. It’s called Wally’s Wonderland. Production begins soon. No release date as yet.
HBO Max is coming to Canada via Crave
By now you’ve heard that HBO is entering the streaming game in 2020 bringing the total number of streaming services you need to keep track of in order to not miss out on any of the sweet sweet succor that is content to roughly one million, but not in Canada. In Canada it will be one million less one, as HBO Max content is coming to Crave.
On the one hand Crave is kind of pricey, but on the other hand they have all of HBO, Cinemax, and Showtime content already if you’re willing to pay for it. HBO Max being added at no extra cost actually kind of makes it one of the better deals in Canada, honestly.
(source: The Hollywood Reporter)
Lin-Manuel Miranda is making his feature directorial debut and Andrew Garfield is set to star
The film is called Tick Tick… BOOM! and it is an adaptation of an autobiogrpahical play written by Johnathan Larson (who later wrote rent).
The project is at Netflix and doesn’t have a release date yet but it’ll be worth keeping an eye out for.
Peyton Reed returning to direct the next Ant-Man & The Wasp movie
In what can only be described as good news, Peyton Reed is back to direct the third film in the Ant-Man franchise. There was a time when the internet lost it’s mind because Edgar Wright was supposed to direct the first movie. That would have been cool, but Peyton Reed is a great director in his own right and the Ant-Man movies are a delight so far. This is great news, is what I am saying.
Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lily are expected to return, and the film will likely debut in 2022.
(source: The Hollywood Reporter)
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is offically getting a sequel
We started on the biggest news but well end on the best. In 2022 we are getting a sequel to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. The news was teased on twitter on Wednesday:
Something's up. Our Spidey sense is tingling. RT if yours is, too. 🕷 pic.twitter.com/NCim6Q9YV8— Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse (@SpiderVerse) October 31, 2019
Along with a reply from Sony Pictures Animation with nine (9) spiders. With the main cast returning and presumably Spider-Man 2099 joining the crew, that leaves 3 new Spideys for the team I think, right? I wonder who they will be.
🕷🕷🕷🕷🕷🕷🕷🕷🕷— Sony Pictures Animation (@SonyAnimation) October 31, 2019
The news was later confirmed by Sony Pictures animation:
Into the Spiderv-Verse is one of the best films of 2018, and the 2010s, and news of a sequel is excitng. I’m a major fan of the first film and I sincerely wish there were more of it.
And now there will be more of it. I cannot wait.
That’s the news I have for you this week. Which piece has you most excited and why is it Spider-Man?